This topic came up while talking with a friend today. She simply has too much on her plate, new things keeps coming up… and nothing is getting done. She wants to go with the flow and trust that it will all get done in time. The problem is, nothing is getting done and it’s becoming very stressful.
The truth is…if she doesn’t plan it out, then it simply won’t get done because there is a new immediate crisis to handle.
I thought about condensing this one to ‘the two major keys,’ but then I thought you might be interested in all 5.
The 2 super biggies …in case you’re wondering… are
(1) Plan It (2) Guard your time vigilantly!
The 5 Keys:
(1) Tame the Free Spirit within
Do not convince yourself that you’ll just go with the flow, wing it or play it by ear. This strategy is almost a guarantee that the thing you need to do won’t get done, at least not any time soon. We all know, there are far too many enticing distractions tempting us.
(2) Plan it out in advance.
You might decide you will tackle this project tomorrow or maybe next week. It doesn’t matter what day you pick, just be sure to PLAN IT!
…And decide in advance how much time you are going to allocate.
To accomplish this, use a calendar; schedule it, especially if it’s several small things and a few big things. If you see it scheduled in a calendar you’re more apt to commit to your schedule and even see yourself making progress.
I’m a huge fan of Google Calendar it pops up on my cell phone and on my computer. You can even share your calendar with your partner/family so you don’t double book. It’s a powerful tool! ..Yes, previously I was a paper calendar girl. I loved my “at a glance” book calendar… alas, I’ve come to understand how inefficient it is; hence, google calendar
Example Income Taxes:
Saturday and Sunday I will do my income taxes.
9am – 1pm – I will go through all my receipts and pull my expenses.
1:00pm – 2:30pm – lunch
3:00pm – 6:00pm – finish my receipts.
Saturday Night – Fun time, go play
10:00am – 1:00pm – gather all of your tax mail your 1099, W2 etc..
1pm – 2:30pm – lunch
3:00pm – 8:00pm – begin entering that data in Turbo Tax.
Keep focused….and continue until you complete the taxes. Be mindful of distractions and procrastinations. You’ll be relieved when it’s done. ahhh
(3) Guard your time
Make an appointment with yourself and do not break it. Say NO to offers that come up. If a friend says, “lets go shopping.” Say “No”
If the phone rings – say “no” to picking it up.
Don’t allow anything to stop you, unless it’s an emergency. Everything else can wait until you are done.
(4) Know your weakness
What tends to distract you? Is it the telephone, email, facebook, internet, your friends, your own short attention span?
You know what your weaknesses for distraction are. Think of what might distract you from taking action and prepare your self so you won’t be distracted. Turn off the phone, internet, television whatever it is. If it’s your children see if someone can entertain them for this period of time.
(5) Stay focused
Stay focused on getting the task done. Pull your own will power from within you. How? By choosing to and just making it happen.
Yes, this can be a struggle at first, but eventually your willpower and determination grow and you become a warrior of focus allowing nothing to stop you.
Willpower and determination are a matter of strength training. If you want a stronger body, then you build it. If you want stronger willpower & determination, then build it. Be relentless. Dare to sweat through it, scream through it – it can be tough …but you will get it done!